Arcadia University in Pennsylvania

Deadline June 13, 2014
Date Posted May 24, 2014
Type Executive
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The universitys controller is responsible for the oversight of daily accounting functions, which include accounts payable, general ledger, student accounts, cash management, auditing, budgeting, finance, and taxation. The controller compiles periodic financial reports and assesses the effectiveness of computer support systems to ensure that proper accounting standards, principles, controls, and procedures are followed in the generation of financial and accounting information. The controller assists the associate vice president for finance in analysis activities for investments and strategic financial planning, and exercises general responsibility for the year-end audit process.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelors degree required with major coursework in accounting, plus a masters degree in accounting or business administration, or a CPA license. Certified Public Accountant (CPA) strongly preferred.

10 years of relevant and progressive experience in managing accounting processes, operating accounting/financial software, developing internal control standards, managing audit processes, preparing tax and information returns, ensuring the protection of institutional assets, developing and tracking budgets, analyzing accounting/financial information, and, managing banking and other relevant accounting/financial relationships with external service providers.

3 years of senior level accounting/financial experience in higher education required.

Accounting department management experience required. Demonstrated experience of at least 7 years in a supervisory accounting role.

Demonstrated proficiency in the operation of accounting software, ERMs, and/or databases (i.e., MS Dynamics, Power Campus, Banner or similar), and office applications (Excel, Word, etc.)

Ability to facilitate a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage in a diverse cultural environment.

Commitment to the Arcadia University mission and core values of civility, diversity, excellence, integrity, intellectual freedom, and stewardship.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Manages accounts payable, general ledger, student accounts, cash management, auditing, investments, budgeting, finance, and taxation functions according to generally accepted accounting principles.

Institutes internal controls according to established accounting principles and guidelines.

Ensures timely and accurate preparation of university tax and information returns, forms, and schedules.

Ensures timely and accurate remittance of all university financial obligations, liabilities, and payments.

Prepares periodic reports on investments, cash balances, and cash flow and makes recommendations to associate vice president for finance for efficient and effective utilization of the universitys financial resources.

Manages all university audit(s) processes, including adjusting journal entries, and work papers. Promptly responds to auditor requests, and communicates audit results to the university board of trustees, executive management, and as further prescribed by university guidelines.

Develops and maintains accounting and financial systems that integrate the budgeting and strategic planning processes of the institution.

Assists the associate vice president for finance by collecting, organizing, and analyzing financial data for preparation of various reports and statistical data outlining the universitys financial position in areas of income and expenditure based on past, present, and forecasted operations.

Develops a competent, productive and efficient departmental staff through effective supervision, training, motivation, and professional development.

Encourages a culture of transparency and collaboration in the accounting and finance division.

Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses.

Contributes to the overall success of the university by performing other duties as assigned.


Received: The controller reports directly to the associate vice president for finance.

Given: The controller supervises 4 direct reports in accounting, student accounts, and accounts payable.

To apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references, in addition to the employment application.

For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by: June 13, 2014. Applications received after June 13th may not receive full consideration.

Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. As an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer, Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.

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